Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Love those Browns & Toasts of Jo Morton's !

Jo Morton's browns have been calling me for some time now just knowing I was going to do something special with them some day soon.  Well, the day's coming . . .

Late last summer I was enjoying an antique shop in Okoboji, Iowa - a wonderful resort area near us - & spotted a very old quilt hanging off the door of an old Hoosier cabinet.  The simplicity of the old quilt just grabbed me; 'ya know how that goes.  So I had to snap a picture of it hanging there to share with you. 

This quilt is my inspiration for a little brown basket quilt of my own doing.  I've begun the baskets by designing them in EQ - making them 4 1/2" square on-point. 

Now I believe this old quilt's been sewn by simply appliquing the baskets on muslin in rows.  But my baskets are pieced with appliqued handles made from bias strips.  I began with 5 fat quarters of Jo's pajama prints - beige off-white - not too white & 10 of Jo's brown fat quarters for the baskets.  They really are coming together nicely.  I should be able to share a digital with you soon.

Have a great day & don't forget to visit & support your local quilt shop tomorrow!  I'm sure they'll have some super bargains to share with you!


Monday, January 14, 2013

Vol. 1, Quiltmakers 100 Blocks, Reprinted !!

Super good news!  Quiltmaker has decided to reprint Volume 1 of 100 Blocks !  So if you missed out on the first issue, go to your newstand today to get it.   Quiltmaker is also offering some free issues & mugs to match.  Don't miss out again. 

Go to  You may win a free issue or a free coffee mug!

My block which was very simple & traditional made it onto the front cover of the very first issue.  Can you spot it?

It's the middle block in the 4th row - A Country Mile!

Well,don't forget to visit & shop at your local quilt shop on Thursday!  Maybe they'll have some specials for you on

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